05/23/16: Fox swaps Bones for Pitch on fall sked; programming prez Michael Lombardo leaving HBO; A&E cancels Damien


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Good morning. It’s Monday May 23, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: The Bachelorette at 9p
CW: Whose Line Is it Anyway? at 9p
Food Network: Kids BBQ Championship at 8p
MSG: Hahn & Humpty at 7p
NatGeo: Mygrations at 9p
PBS: POV at 10p
Univision: Tres Veces Ana at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
CBS: The Odd Couple at 9:30p
Great American Country: Building Off the Grid at 11p
Fox: Gotham at 8p
NBC: Blindspot at 10p


Just days after Fox’s Upfront presentation, the net made a change to its fall schedule. Baseball-themed Pitch, which was to launch in the spring, stole the fall Thursday-at-9p timeslot once reserved for the final season of Bones. (Synergy alert: Fox starts airing Major League Baseball’s Fall Classic starting October 25.) Moved to Thursdays at 9p in January, Bones displaces reboot Prison Break, which slides into Pitch’s original Tuesdays-in-spring spot.

Michael Lombardo is leaving as president of programming for HBO, where he’s worked for 33 years, nine in his current position. It’s not the first high level departure this year – EVP of drama development Michael Ellenberg left in January.
The upcoming Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls has a title: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Cast member Lauren Graham made the announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Each episode of the four-part miniseries will take place during a different season in one year.

Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sara Ramirez is leaving the ABC drama after 10 seasons. Ramirez, who joined the final episode of season two, said she was “taking some welcome time off.” In the season finale, Ramirez’s character, Callie, left for New York City to be with her daughter. “Dr. Callie Torres came into our lives dancing it out in her underwear almost a decade ago, and I could not be happier or more proud of her journey,” said Shonda Rimes. “I will miss Callie tremendously, but I am excited for what the future holds for Sara. She will always have a home at Shondaland.”

A&E canceled Damien after one low-rated season. The drama followed the character from The Omen horror movie franchise. “I really loved making #Damien. We all did,” tweeted showrunner Glen Mazzara on Friday. “We just never got the numbers there.”

Jon Stewart, among the honorees at the 75th Peabody Awards on Saturday night, said he and his wife were celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary. “Every year on our anniversary, I try to get her a prestigious award and every year I fail,” Stewart said. “This is the first year it’s worked out. Usually I just write on a piece of paper, ‘Nobel prize for having married out of your religion.’” For more on the ceremony, go here: http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories. An edited version will air on Pivot Monday, June 6 at 8p.

ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel plays host to both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders this week. Trump takes his chair on Wednesday, while Sanders drops in on Thursday.

The Paley Center for Media announced its Hollywood Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television will take place Monday, October 24 at the Beverly Wilshire. The event will celebrate seven decades of pioneers in drama, telenovelas, comedy, news, talk, reality, sports and music.

There are individuals and teams at certain companies that do an exceptional job of fostering upbeat work environments, helping to shape the kind of corporate culture the draws the best and brightest. Now it’s time to shine a light on them. Entries are open for the inaugural Cynopsis HR Awards, showcasing standout professionals and campaigns throughout the entertainment, digital and sports media industries. Find out what it’s all about here: http://www.cynopsis.com/event/hr-awards/.



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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is headed to Vegas. Starting with season 15 on Monday, September 12, the Chris Harrison-hosted syndicated game show will tape at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May 20-22, 2016
The Angry Birds Movie
(Sony) $39.0 million, opening weekend
Captain America: Civil War (Buena Vista) $33.1 million (week 3), cume revenue $347.4 million
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Universal) $21.8 million opening weekend
The Nice Guys (Warner Bros.) $11.3 million, opening weekend
The Jungle Book(Buena Vista) $11.0 million (week 6), cume revenue $327.5 million
Money Monster (TriStar) $7.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $27.1 million
The Darkness (High Top Releasing) $2.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $8.5 million
Zootopia (Buena Vista) $1.7 million (week 12), cume revenue $334.4 million
The Huntsman: Winter’s War(Universal) $1.2 million (week 5), cume revenue $46.7 million
Mother’s Day (Open Road Films) $1.1 million (week 4), cume revenue $31.3 million
Source: comScore


Summer Movies are in Full Swing

Neighbors 2, Angry Birds, and Captain America are leading a diverse slate of summer programming to start summer in a grand style. Brands that run with NCM capitalized on last week’s huge 8.4 A18-34 rating with no slowing in sight.

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The season ten finale of NBC’s The Voice will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Little Big Town, coach Blake Shelton, Sia and ZAYN. Two-hour telecast airs tomorrow, May 24 at 9p.

AMC’s Feed the Beast, starring David Schwimmer (Friends) and Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) as buddies on the brink of losing everything who decide to open a restaurant, bows Sunday, June 5 at 10p. Series moves to its regular timeslot Tuesday, June 7, with a premiere of the encore at 9p and a new episode at 10p.

Univision telenovela Tres Veces Ana (The Three Sides of Ana), starring Angelique Boyer playing triplets with very different personalities, premieres with a two-hour episode tonight at 9p.

Which was the best show in the Law & Order franchise? You be the judge in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.


Science Channel’s How It’s Made launches season 14 with two back-to-back episodes premiering Monday, May 30 at 9p, after a full-day marathon. Second ep features a special summer cookout countdown.

ID has a killer night planned for Wednesday, June 1. The season three premiere of The Perfect Murder airs at 9p, followed by the series debut of American Monster, showing never-before-seen home movie footage of criminals, at 10p.

Wannabe homesteaders learn the hard way that the wilderness isn’t their friend on Homestead Rescue, a new docu-series launching Friday, June 10 on Discovery. Families learn survival skills, then decide whether they want to tough it out, or pack their bags and head back to civilization.

AMC’s Making of the Mob: Chicago launches Monday, July 11 at 10p. Eight-part docu-drama chronicles the rise and fall of gangster Al Capone and the emergence of the Chicago mafia. Making of the Mob: New York delivered an average 1.5 million viewers in Live+3.


Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) will play two brothers in FX anthology Fargo: Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, and younger brother Ray, a balding, pot-bellied loser. Season three premieres in 2017.


Out-of-home advertising is on the rise. According to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, OOH ad revenues rose 3.3 percent in 1Q16, to $1.64 billion, versus last year. One reason for the boost: mobile devices, which allow consumers to interact with billboards, letting advertisers target and measure audience response to ads. (For more on OOH, check out tomorrow’s Cynopsis webinar, The New Out-of-Home Marketing: How to Drive Tune-In and Brand Awareness. Details are here.)


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The season 12 finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy hit a 2.3/9 rating among A18-49, up 10 percent from last week and up 5 percent versus its year-ago season ender.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 1.4/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was first at 8p with 2.3/9, followed by a 1.6/7 average for CBS’s Big Bang Theory rerun and Odd Couple. CBS took the lead at 9p with a 1.6/6 average for Mom and Odd Couple, followed by 1.3/4 for NBC’s The Blacklist. It was a tie at the top at 10p, with CBS’s Rush Hour and Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos both scoring .9/3; ABC’s The Catch was third with .8/3.

A18-49: CBS 1.4/5, ABC 1,3/5, NBC .8/3, FOX .7/3, UNI .7/3, CW .6/2, TELE .6/2, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: May 19, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.1/7
The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.5/10, Odd Couple 4.6/8, Mom 5.2/9, Odd Couple 4.0/8, Rush Hour 2.7/5
ABC: 3.7/7
Grey’s Anatomy 5.5/10, The Catch 2.8/5
NBC: 2.7/5
Strong 1.7/3, The Blacklist 4.3/8, Game of Silence 2.1/4
FOX 2.0/4
Bones 2.8/5, American Grit 1.2/2
ION: 1.1/2
Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.2/2
CW: 1.0/2
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.2/2, The 100 .8/1
Camino Hacia Destino 1.1/2, Yago .9/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.2/2
Eva, la Trailera .8/1, Esclava Blanca .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.0/2


John Mathews has joined Poker Central as Vice President, Distribution. At Turner, Mathews was VP, Account Management.


Will King, who helped launch CNN in 1980 and remained until his retirement in 2014, died May 19 after a battle with cancer. He was 64. “A kind, sincere and brilliant journalist, he had the unique ability to remain calm in the midst of breaking news  no matter how intense or chaotic things got,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in a memo to staff.

Actor Alan Young died May 19. He was 96. The role for which Young was best known is horse owner Wilbur Post in Mr. Ed. Young later worked as a voice actor, including in Duck Tales.

This Day in History: 1934 – Bank robbers Bonne Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and shot to death.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What is the name of Dexter Morgan’s fishing boat on Dexter (2006-2013)? The Slice of Life. Kudos to: Mindy Silver-Freeform/NYC, Smiti Kumar/NYC, Christine Jones-Studio Entertainment Center/Virginia Beach, Andrew Goldman-TVtibi/NYC, Odene Hooper-Katz Broadcasting/Atlanta, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Matthew Sharp Fera-McGarryBowen/Chicago, Phillip Larson-Larson & Larson Media/Houston, Tina Cannizzaro DeBone-Double T Productions/Burbank, Cat Josell/Woodland Hills, CA, Larry Hutchings/Nipomo, CA, Richard Quan-BSSP/San Francisco

Today’s Trivia Question: The high school of which series was headed by Principal Dingleman? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

Initial This: CBS actor MP plays OM in TOC (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)
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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette [p]
CBS: The Price Is Right Prime Time Special, The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple [f], Person of Interest
CW: Reign, Whose Line Is it Anyway? [
f], Whose Line Is it Anyway?
FOX: Gotham [
f], Houdini & Doyle
NBC: The Voice, Blindspot [
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], POV [p]
Telemundo: Eva, la Trailera, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Un Camino Hacia el Destino, Tres Veces Ana

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